Dean Kennedy earned his first start at the University of Rochester in the season finale a year ago, throwing a touchdown pass in a 16-13 win over St. Lawrence.
The junior quarterback from Scituate kept that streak alive this fall, tossing a scoring strike in all nine games while establishing a program single-season mark with 2,023 passing yards.
“Obviously I’m very proud of the record, but it had a lot to do with great teammates and two great receivers,’’ said Kennedy. “I felt this year I took a big step forward in reading and anticipating defenses.’’
Kennedy finished with a flourish for the 4-5 Yellowjackets, firing three scoring passes in a 42- 5 victory over Worcester Polytechnic Institute and three more in a season-ending 43-24 loss to Liberty League champion Hobart.
The 6-3, 190-pound Kennedy, who completed 53 percent of his passes this season — 15 for touchdowns — has come a long way.
“I was on scout team freshman year,” said Kennedy, a three-sport athlete at Scituate High and later, the Canterbury School.
“I wasn’t quite ready going from a high school to a college playbook, but I probably watched more film than any freshman in the country.”
Rochester coach Scott Greene took note of how his players rallied around Kennedy.
“If a play broke down, he could keep it alive,” said Greene. “We felt Dean had raw talent and we weren’t sure how he’d produce in a college setting. But we also knew he was a very good competitor who could run and throw.
“From the standpoint of knowing and studying the game and making everyone around him a better player, he’s become the best quarterback I’ve coached here.’’
Other Kennedy highlights:
His 72 rushing yards in a 17-7 win over Thiel College of Pennsylvania was the highest single game total for a Rochester quarterback in seven years.
His 345 passing yards in a 30-20 win over St. Lawrence was the program’s best since Pat Manuel threw for 356 in 2002 at Carnegie Mellon.
And his 165 completions were just seven shy of the single-season school mark.
At Scituate High and for one year as a post grad at Canterbury (New Milford, Conn.), Kennedy played football, basketball, and lacrosse. He was captain of football and basketball at both schools.
Kennedy has also played two seasons with the varsity basketball team at Rochester and is planning on returning as a reserve forward.
Hockey hall of fame
Walpole native Ed (Butch) Songin; Tom (Red) Martin, founder of Cramer Productions in Norwood; Duxbury’s Charles Tenney ; and Tom Lynch of Norwood were inducted Thursday night into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame.
Songin, a two-time All-American hockey defenseman at Boston College and a member of its 1949 national championship team, is enshrined in the Eagles’ Hall of Fame for football and hockey. Songin, who died in 1976 at age 52, played quarterback for the Boston Patriots and he is memorialized in his hometown with “Butch Songin Circle.”
Martin was a superb hockey and baseball player at BC from 1958-61. A three-time All-East hockey selection, Martin was the first defenseman to be named MVP of the Beanpot Tournament and was the 1961 Walter Brown Award winner as the best player in New England. Also a BC Hall of Famer and assistant captain on the 1964 US Olympic team, Martin won the 2003 New England Senior Amateur golf championship.
Tenney started the Duxbury youth hockey program in 1969 and that organization’s annual award is presented in his honor. At age 86 he is still a loyal supporter and is affectionately called “the father of Duxbury Hockey.”
A graduate of Dedham High, Lynch has been a referee in chief of four amateur leagues. His affiliations include the ECAC and Hockey East conferences.
Cohasset hall of fame
Ceremonies honoring the 2012 class of the Cohasset High Athletic Hall of Fame will be held Thursday and Friday. The three-time state finalist (1986-89) boys’ soccer teams and the 1985, 1986 and 1988 boys’ basketball teams that won an Eastern Mass. and two state titles will be inducted as a group.
Individual inductees: Kevin Duffy (Class of 1997, wrestling), Karen Ekberg ('83, gymnastics, track & field), Brian Keating (‘71, football, baseball), Allison Ludlow (’93, soccer, softball), Joel Reidy (’89, soccer), and Bobby Walls (’72, football).
Other honorees: Allen Keating (’66 football) and Dennis Reardon (’83 football) in the Athlete, Hero, Great Citizen category; Tony Rolfe (1998-2006, football) and Dennis Walsh (Ice Hockey, Football) in the Coach, Teacher, Administrator category; and booster Larry Shultz. Continued...